10 breakthroughs in IT security

Big ideas that altered the course of information security

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Public-key encryption: Whitfield Diffie coined the term "public key" in 1975 to describe the encryption method he came up with that freed users from having to share a secret key to encrypt and decrypt data. Today, the mathematical magic of public-key is also used to verify sender identity and validate the integrity of data.

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